William Boyd

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The Destiny of Nathalie X

book | 4 | 1998
UK & Comm → Penguin
US → Knopf

Eleven stories about love and desire, ambition and despair, that take us back and forth through time from a contemporary Hollywood film shoot to World War I Vienna. In "Cork, " a bizarre tale of love in Lisbon, an Englishwoman and a Portuguese poet meet once a year through the 1930s and fulfill each other's fantastical desires; in "Alpes-Maritimes, " a young Englishman must decide between the German woman he's seeing and her twin sister, to whom he is more strongly attracted; and in the title story, "The Destiny of Nathalie X, " a young, award-winning foreign director, in Los Angeles making a low-budget picture, gradually discovers that he, the cast, the crew and the entire troubled production are heading for unavoidable disaster.


Helen Manders manages the translation rights for The Destiny of Nathalie X

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Editions Du Seuil
Kampa Verlag AG

Whatever the refracting device, Mr. Boyd's ability to zero in on ordinary human foibles and woes -- daydream delusions, cultural dislocations, emotional smash-ups -- is swift and sure... his eccentric wit and restless intelligence exert a powerful appeal Michael Upchurch
The New York Times Book Review
Full Review

Confirms him as one of our foremost short story writers
Daily Telegraph

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